Robots learn to feel pain

Researchers from the University of Hannover are developing an artificial nervous system for robots that will allow them to feel pain and to react quickly, preventing damage to the actuators and electronics. Your project engineers presented at the ICRA conference in Stockholm.

Artificial nervous system for robots will contribute to the security not only of cars but also people, because lately people are increasingly working together with robots.

The idea is to endow robots with reflexes not new. So five years ago a group of scientists from Stanford University and the University of Rome La Sapienza have developed a system that allows the robotic arm to avoid collisions with people.

Artificial nervous system will help robots to react to unexpected situations and assess the level of possible damage. In particular, the robots will be able to respond to pressure and temperature changes.

They will be able to obtain information about pain in those cases where, for example, the pressure is greater than a certain value. Controller pain will be able to classify the signal as weak, medium or strong pain.

The different reaction to pain is appropriate. So in the case of weak pain, the robot smoothly moved away from the source of pain. In cases of severe pain, the robot will have to react at lightning speed and make quick move.

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